2013 Artist in Residence, Debra Ramsay


The Roger Smith Hotel is pleased to present Debra Ramsay in The Window at 125 as part of The Introducing Series, season 4.

The four paintings showing in the window are a technological re-creation of the color change over one year in a forest 200 miles northwest of New York City. Each piece also depicts the changes in the length of daylight hours over the four seasons. Ramsay returned to the site intermittently through winter, spring, summer and fall, to collect and record the colors on a specific hiking trail. This information was then run through a computer program that generated a paint formula so she could create, in paint, the exact colors she had collected digitally. Each of the 72 colors within the work accurately represents a plant element found at the site. The colors are arranged in the order in which Ramsay found them.

This work will be viewable from the sidewalk 24/7.

Additional work from this series will be on exhibition this June at Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden/Pocket Utopia Gallery, 511 W 22th St, New York, NY 10011.

Debra Ramsay is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. She uses self-designed systems and digitally collected colors in abstract paintings that are technological re-creations of colors found in nature. Ramsay attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and is a graduate of Brooklyn College. Ramsay’s most recent solo show titled MAT/tam, was curated by Lucio Pozzi at Palazzo Costa, in Mantova, Italy. Ramsay’s work was included in 7 group exhibitions in 2013, 4 in New York City, 3 in Thailand and Berlin. A solo exhibition is scheduled for June 2014 at Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden/Pocket Utopia Gallery in New York City. 2013 publications about Ramsay’s work include The Daily Beast, “Daily Pic” by Blake Gopnik, October 3, and Structure and Imagery Blog, “A Subtle Marking Of Time and Distance,” September 15. Residencies include the BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy, 2012 and the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts in New Berlin, NY, 2013.

The Window at 125 is a re purposed street level window space dedicated to showing emerging, unrepresented artists’ work to an unsuspecting midtown audience.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.